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The mission of this program is to 1). Increase scientific literacy at the middle school and high school levels within the San Diego/ Imperial County student population while expanding and enhancing the students’ regular school curriculum. Students are enabled to carry out original scientific investigations using a subject of their choice, utilizing the scientific method and culminating in the creation of a science fair project to be displayed at the GSDSEF. This activity is perfectly correlated with the Investigation and Experimentation Standard of the California Science Framework. 2). Demonstrate the need for scientific work to be done in a cross disciplinary manner and to develop all the skills necessary to do a complete scientific project. Among the skills acquired in the design and execution of science fair projects are library research, scientific method, engineering design, mathematical analysis, science writing and oral presentation. 3). Demonstrate to students that science can be interesting, enjoyable and rewarding. 4). Promote the fields of science such as math and engineering, for example, as career choices. Students have the opportunity to meet and work with not only others with similar interests and goals but with adult scientists in a variety of disciplines. 5). The GSDSEF student honor society (SAB) provides outstanding students in all San Diego and Imperial County schools - public, private, parochial and home schools - the opportunity to help by giving them leadership roles, organizational skills, community service as well as opportunities to mentor other students in science literacy.
The Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair established in 1955, is a highly respected, well-publicized event. For 60 years the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair (GSDSEF) has promoted scientific literacy and interest in the fields of science to the students San Diego and Imperial counties. We do this by providing students with a program that gives them hands-on experience with the scientific method, in designing science projects and science presentations. We seek to provide a bridge between these students and the local scientific business and academic community. Each year over 700 area corporations, businesses and professional societies participate in judging and a special awards program at the science fair. They provide additional opportunities for student recognition and invaluable networking (particularly for the high school students) along with local colleges and employers. They offer scholarships, internships and careers. For those students capable in excelling in the scientific fields we provide scholarship opportunities both directly with our science fair and in connection with other science fair programs.